Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Be Prepared: Path Happens

Joanne L. Prasad, DDS, MPH

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor, Department of Oral Biology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Joanne L. Prasad, DDS, MPH

Dr. Joanne L. Prasad joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2005 and currently is an associate professor in the Department of Oral Biology and in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences. She earned a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 1995. Dr. Prasad subsequently completed a general practice residency at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., (1996), an internship in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Louisiana State University/Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La., (1997), and a 3-year residency program in oral and maxillofacial pathology at The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in Flushing, N.Y., (1999-2002). In 2018, she received a master of public health degree, along with a certificate in Health Systems Leadership and Management, both from the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health.

In the spring of 2018, Dr. Prasad was appointed Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.

As a board-certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist, Dr. Prasad is a staff surgical pathologist and consultant for the University Dental Health Services, Inc. Biopsy Service.


Enhance your diagnostic skills, build self-confidence in managing pathologic conditions, and come learn about some current “hot topics” in oral pathology. This course is designed for general dentists, specialists, and hygienists, and includes a comprehensive review of relevant topics in oral pathology. Topics discussed will include: epithelial pathology from dysplasia to carcinoma, identification and management of premalignant lesions, the efficacy of commercially available “cancer detecting” products, ongoing research into the pathogenesis of odontogenic tumors, current World Health Organization classification of odontogenic lesions, clinicoradiographic-pathologic features of odontogenic cysts and tumors, impact of medications on oral hard and soft tissues, and common differentials in oral pathology.  The course will emphasize the diagnostic features, as well as the management and treatment options, of various pathologies. The course will also include an interactive clinicopathologic correlation session, where attendees can actively practice their diagnostic skills and are encouraged to participate in the discussion.


Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • recognize and describe clinical features of premalignant and malignant oral epithelial lesions and identify the most appropriate management approach for each case.
  • describe the pros and cons of currently available “cancer detecting” products.
  • recognize and describe the clinical and radiographic features of various oral pathologic lesions and conditions.
  • identify the best approaches in managing various oral pathologic lesions and conditions.
  • discuss some of the current research efforts related to odontogenic tumors.
  • recognize and manage (or mitigate) the impact of medications on oral soft and hard tissues.

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